In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review July 9, 2014 / 11 Tammuz, 5774

Death by Paperwork

By Betsy McCaughey

JewishWorldReview.com | On July 3, when Americans were preparing to celebrate freedom, the Obama administration reduced freedom by adding another 1,296 pages of regulations to Obamacare. The burdensome rules were published in the Federal Register on the eve of Independence Day, when few were likely to be watching. So much for transparency.

Obamacare regulations compel doctors and their office staff, restaurateurs, business owners, local government officials and others to spend hours filling out paperwork without getting paid for it. It's a colossal theft. As of 2014, Obamacare regulations impose 159 million hours of paperwork a year on the public, an increase of 48 million over last year. And there's more to come. These figures don't include the paperwork requirements of the law's employer mandate, which has yet to go into effect.

Among the July 3 rules is one that compels doctors who take Medicare to report 18 different clinical measurements for each senior they treat. Doctors who fail to do this will get whacked with lower payments starting in 2015. The regulators estimate that it could take as long as 108 minutes per patient to make the annual report, and overall, doctors and their office staff will have to devote about 5.4 million hours a year nationwide to completing these reports. That's time that could be spent treating patients, calling them to remind them to take their meds, or following up on their care. Instead, the labor is being confiscated by the federal bureaucracy to serve its own ends.

The regulations are also robbing patients of what they need from their doctors. For example, an elderly woman goes to the doctor with a wrist fracture or shingles. She happens to be overweight. Under the Physician Quality Reporting System regulations published July 3, to avoid a penalty her doctor may feel pressured to discuss weight loss in order to check that box rather than focusing on the pressing issue that brought her there.

Doctors and patients feel the brunt, but business owners are also reeling with the paperwork costs. Any business owner knows that when the mail arrives with several envelopes from the government, you've lost another day's productivity to paperwork. Restaurant owners face 622,000 hours of work to comply with menu labeling rules imposed by Obamacare. Their labor, too, is literally being confiscated.

The American Action Forum, a public policy organization, notes that Obamacare is in a class by itself, imposing almost three times as much paperwork as Dodd Frank financial regulations, and more than 10 times as much paperwork as Sarbanes-Oxley, financial reform legislation. The Department of Health and Human Services is the biggest culprit. It's responsible for 90 million hours a year of Obamacare paperwork chores foisted on the American people. The U.S. Treasury, which includes the IRS, has increased its paperwork burden on the public by 23 percent because of Obamacare.

On July 4, 1776, when American patriots signed their Declaration of Independence from Great Britain, they recounted the crimes of the tyrannical British king: "He has erected a multitude of new offices and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance." Two centuries later, our own government is suffocating us with mandatory paperwork.

That's even before considering how this increase in government regulation impedes business decision-making, hiring, expansion and innovation. According to the Heritage Foundation's 2014 Index of Economic Freedom, the United States is the only country to have lost economic freedom for seven straight years, now ranking 12th in the world behind Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and eight other nations. "Burdensome and redundant regulations are the most common barriers to the free conduct of entrepreneurial activity," Heritage cautions.

But insidiously, there are those who benefit from this out-of-control regulatory state. "Government bureaucracies like complexity because it keeps them busy and funded," warns Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett Packard. She laments, "as a result of these regulations on steroids, innovation, business creation and job growth are being stifled."

In the end, only an outraged public can put a stop to this regulatory oppression.

Betsy McCaughey is a former lieutenant governor of New York and the author of "Beating Obamacare." She reads the law so you don't have to.

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